The Four Temperaments

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The history of the four temperaments dates back to 400BC. Ancient Greek & Roman Physicians and Philosophers developed the four humors of Hippocratic medicine. Basically, they theorized that the excess or deficiency of different bodily fluids contributed to your personality type.

500 years later, a physician named Galen further developed the theory. He named each of these four temperaments: Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic and Phlegmatic.

Now, in modern society, we know that our bodily fluids have nothing to do with our personality. However, many people still believe that there are fundamentally four temperaments.

Temperament: A person’s basic nature or character. Their attitude or disposition.

Every person has their own individual composition of character. Typically, however, one or two of these fundamental personality types are more prominent.

Based on this graphic, which of the four temperaments do you think best suits your personality?

Graphic by satisfyhersoul

Alternatively, if you are still unsure which personality type suits you best, there are a few tests online. One simple, free temperament test that I enjoyed doing was this one. My result came out to be a blend of Sanguine and Phlegmatic.

Certainly, we are each a unique blend of the four temperaments. I find personality tests like these extremely interesting and sometimes scarily accurate!

The Phlegmatic personality type is said to be soft and introverted, while Sanguine is soft and extroverted. Melancholic is described as hard and introverted, where as Choleric is hard and extroverted.

This means I have a soft personality, that is a blend of introverted and extroverted. I definitely agree with that result! How about you? I’m curious to know what you believe your blend to be! Let me know in the comments below!

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4 thoughts on “The Four Temperaments

  1. How cool! We have the same personality type!

    I initially thought sanguine would be my personality type. I took the test and my results were a mix of phlegmatic and and sanguine. It’s not surprising! I love personality tests, so this was fun!

    Thanks for the insightful post.

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